The saddest part of the book is the girls weren't "working" for money even. But ...more
In the days after the hugging man leaves, I consider myself in the mirror. My plain self, not the self wearing lipstick and eyeliner and a flimsy dress.
Sometimes I see a girl who is growing into womanhood. Other days I see a girl growing old before her time.
It doesn't matter, of course. Because no one will ever want me now.
Lakshmi is thirteen-years-old. She lives a simple, albeit impoverished, existence with with her Ama, infant sibling and gambling-addicted stepfather in a Nepalese ...more
I finished this a couple of days ago. We are taken into a dark underworld — it’s clear many victims were made to endure horrific acts.
This isn’t an unfamiliar story...yet that doesn’t negate its power. Lakshmi is a young Nepalese girl. Lakshmi tells the story....( with a sweet softness that breaks our hearts). Lakshmi gives brief short descriptions: well-told in vignettes.
.....Her wish to buy her mother a tin roof like other neighbors have on ...more
2. I wish people would only write novels in verse if the verse actually served some purpose in the plot or the development of the character, or if the verse was good. In Sold it's simply a weird affectation.
3. The fact brought up as an afterthought in the end notes, that Nepalese women are fighting back by educating young village wom ...more
TRIGGER WARNING: It is best for people particularly sensitive toward the subject of sexual abuse/child molestation to avoid reading any further. Caution is advised.
And so, Love, you launch in vain your insane onslaught: since it will be said - to see me fall yet not surrender - that you managed to kill but failed to conquer.
Juana Inez de la Cruz
When beautiful things are broken, screams begin. When beautiful things are taken, horror begins. When beautiful minds are bended, there is no tomorrow o ...more
This is a tough book to read but I highly recommend giving it a chance if you think you can handle the subject matter. It is written in a simple, almost poetic way and yet ...more
And then it was over. Meaning I had spent far longer than I had intended to reading, and the book had been finished in two sittings--one on the plane and one in ...more
This book was ROUGH. I read it in one sitting but I'm not sure if I should have or not because it was a lot to take in. Amazing book though.
There are obviously some pretty heavy triggers in this book: child sex-trafficking, and graphic sexual and physical abuse (involving children and women).
I knew going into this one that it wasn't going to be a pleasant read. It almost feels wrong to say that I liked the book. It was brutal, it was uncomfortable and wors ...more
This book was extremely good and heartbreaking! I learned so much and I encourage others to read this book.
"Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut in the mountains of Nepal. Her family is desperately poor, but her life is full of simple pleasures, like raising her black-and-white speckled goat, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan m ...more
To be transparent - this is a text I'm thinking of taking on in my World Lit ...more
This author traveled to Nepal and Calcutta for her research, interviewing aid workers and girls who have been rescued from the red-light districts of Calcutta.
The book follows the path of Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old Nepali girl, as she is sold and makes the journey to India, thinking she is going to be a maid for a rich woman. It's written for ...more
Being a Nepali myself, I can assert that the book is well researched and deliberated. The author has reflected even the smallest of our culture and rituals, the rough lives that people live in the Himalayas, the patriarchal mindset and customs many rural areas still follow such as hiding girls when they first hit puberty. The reader can fully com ...more
Sold is the story of Lakshmi, a girl from a small village living with her Ama, baby brother and stepfather. Her stepfather sells her for money to pay gambling debts, and she is brought to the city, only to find out that there is no maid job waiting for her. She has been sold into prostitution.
This story was hard to read. Its really difficult to think about a place where a woman can be sold for $300, and purchased for a night for the pr ...more
I listened to the audio on this one, so the poetic prose that others either absolutely loved or absolutely hated, didn't affect me. The story had a nice flow. There was some repetition, but for ...more
Source: I borrowed a copy of this audio book from my local library.
This book is one I am mentally saving for my mother/daughter book club. My daughter is four, so I have some time...but it raises interesting topics, themes, and questions, like:
1. Sex, sex-trafficking, rape and victimization of women (no surprise there)
3. the legalization/decriminalization of prostitution/sex-work issue
4. globalization with all its dimples and warts
The book written in a poetic form, but I didn't find it distracting. In fact, I think it managed to create a framewo...more
I think this is such a strong tale not only because of what the girls face, b ...more